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My neighbors are wonderful people they are also re…

My neighbors are wonderful people they are also refugees. They came to America legally to escape the radical Islamic opression fearing for their young daughters' futures. They voted for Trump. I have worked tirelessly for bully breeds. I have gone sar far as to file lawsuits against towns that attempt to enact BSL. I was raised in the foster care system and left home at age 14. There were no government grants, scholarships or aid for foster kids living on the street who graduate on the honor roll. Nobody understands oppression moreso than me. I voted for Trump. While I'm certainly happy for these families and thankful for the work they've done in behalf of tge breed…I'm a bit confused as to why the bully forum has decided that this is the platform from which they should disenfranchise half of their supporters.
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Cheddar + Swiss, Fuji Apple, and Avocado Sandwich

Cheddar + Swiss, Fuji Apple, and Avocado Sandwich

This post was sponsored by Sargento as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

My friends are usually surprised when I tell them that cold sandwiches top my favorite foods list, because they assume that as a vegetarian, I wouldn’t have a lot of options. And I suppose when it comes to traditional sandwiches, you do think of ham or salami or turkey as the main ingredient. For me though, the key ingredient for a really great cold sandwich is a few slices of my favorite cheeses, usually combined with avocado. From there, the possibilities are endless, guys. My newest go-to sandwich (or sammy, as Essley likes to call them) includes crisp Fuji apple slices, hearty multigrain bread, and some truly delicious cheeses – and it is so, so good. It’s easy to put together, perfect for summertime, and full of flavor. And whether you’re a veg or a full on meat fan, you’re going to love it.

Cheese, Fuji Apple, and Avocado Sandwich
Cheese, Fuji Apple, and Avocado Sandwich
Cheese, Fuji Apple, and Avocado Sandwich

Makes 1 sandwich. 

INGREDIENTS
2 pieces of good quality multi grain bread
3 slices of Sargento Swiss Slices
3 slices of Sargento Smokehouse Cheddar™Slices
1/2 Fuji apple (or your favorite apple variety)
1/3-1/2 avocado
stoneground mustard (optional)

Spread a small amount of stoneground mustard on one side of one piece of bread. Cut apple and avocado into thin slices. Layer cheeses, apple slices, and avocado slices on one piece of bread and top with the other piece. Cut sandwich in half and eat. That’s it!

The tart sweetness and crisp texture of the Fuji apple combined with the richness of the avocado, the bold smoky flavor of the Sargento Smokehouse Cheddar™, and the nutty flavor of the Sargento Swiss makes for a truly incredible sandwich. My kids love it (without the mustard), and even my meat sandwich loving husband adores it. It’s the perfect sandwich for lunch, for dinner paired with a spring green salad, for summertime picnics, or to serve at parties.

Cheese, Fuji Apple, and Avocado Sandwich
Cheese, Fuji Apple, and Avocado Sandwich
Cheese, Fuji Apple, and Avocado Sandwich

While the combination of ingredients truly makes this sandwich, the star of the show is the Sargento® Slices, which are always at the top of our list when we head to Meijer for our weekly groceries. (Psssst… If you head over to your local Meijer between now and July 15th, make sure to use the mperks offer for $ 1 off 2 Sargento® Slices products! In order to use the mperks offer, users must be an mperks Member. Just search “Sargento” for the coupon offer and you’re good to go.) Sargento®  100% Real, Natural Cheese comes in a variety of slices (in addition those included in this sandwich, my other favorites are Sharp Cheddar and Ultra Thin® Provolone) that are perfect for whatever sandwich you’re making (or any recipe that calls for sliced cheese). Whenever I bring the kids to Meijer with me, Essley heads right over to the cheese aisle and grabs a pack of Sargento® slices (right before she starts unsuccessfully begging for sugar and preservative filled packaged desserts, but that’s a whole different post). Both she and Emmett love eating them alone as a snack in addition to in the sandwiches Robbie and I make. It’s a win win for the whole family.

What is your favorite cold sandwich recipe? Who else is a Sargento® Slices fan? Cold sandwiches forever!

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Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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Dogs and Kids Growing Up Together

From The Dodo: Two of my favorite topics, kids and dogs! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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HAIKU by Hudson: CHICAGO

Recently Ginger & I + Fuzzybutts were in Indiana and Chicago on business and he couldn’t help but pen another haiku.  Here it is:
Hello Chicago.
Oh No H20! Won’t Go!
Hello Hotel Room.  
Those who know him well know he absolutely hates even the thought of his paws touching water and I think our walk at Montrose Beach on Lake Michigan scared the crap outta him.  And so he saw Chicago from the window of Red Roof Inn in Willowbrook.  
Team Chicago
We’re hosting our first #PuppyUp walk in Chicago Proper and partnering with #PremierVeterinary in what we hope will be a successful collaborative platform for us to launch in other cities. Here’s a video recap while on my drive back to Memphis.  I’ll be posting more about #TeamChicago soon.  

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Hunting Dog Troubles

Those silly labs! And just because he’s so stinkin’ adorable, I have to share this photo of my friend’s new hunting dog, Nidy’s Midnight Smoken Bleu Shadow. Have a happy and safe Independence Day! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Bounding squirrel

“Run to the forest, run!”

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What I’m Wearing Now: June

Casual Summer Style Staples

1. Off-the-Shoulder Dress, H&M  //  2. Love Bird Sunglasses, Free People  //  3. Silver Hoop Earrings Set, H&M  //  4Classic Date Black Watch, Lord Timepieces (take 10% off with code BEAN)  //  5. Striped Jersey Dress, H&M (only $ 17.99!)  //  6.  In the Loop Hoop + Stud Earring Set, Free People  //  7. Linen Peasant Top, J. Crew Factory  //  8. Rene Sandal, Trask   //  9Morocco Sandals in Brown, Minnetonka  //  10. The Perfect Jean Short, Madewell    //  11. Magic Braid Cross Body Bag, Lucky Brand (on clearance!)  //  12. Jersey Tee, H&M 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for fashion, guys. And yes, I know I’m in the minority for feeling this way, especially among autumn-loving bloggers, but give me alllll the sundresses and sandals and swimsuits and summertime accessories. Layers are fun for a while for me, but I get bored with them easily. I’d much rather just throw on a couple of simple pieces and be done with it. This is my favorite time of year for dressing, and my favorite time of year for writing What I’m Wearing Now posts.

The weather has been hot and humid in Chicago this month, so there have been lots of short, lightweight dresses, tanks,  cut-offs and sandals happening. I also just got back from a week in northern California where it was much less humid but still quintessentially summer, so there wasn’t much of a change as far as wardrobe went. My two favorite Target dresses (not shown above because the images just don’t work with my collage, man; check them out here and here) have been staples once again this month, along with these fringe sandals (and Essley in her matching pair).

I’m hoping for lots of the same in July. We have a couple of lake trips planned next month so I’m thinking there will be a couple cute bikinis in the mix too. What have you been wearing this month?

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Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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Red, White, and Blue Sweet Salsa + Chips

Red, White, and Blue Sweet Salsa + Chips

You guys! The Fourth of July is just a few days away! For me, all of the most wonderful stereotypes about summer seem to come together into this one magical holiday, and in the days leading up, I feel excessively inspired and in full on summertime spirit mode. One of my favorite things to do the week before Independence Day is to experiment with new patriotic themed dishes that I can bring to the annual Fourth party we attend. This year, my favorite recipe ended up being something deliciously unique (but still easy, which as you know is a must when it comes to me preparing food!). It’s the perfect snack dish to quickly whip together this Fourth that your friends and family are sure to love, and it takes a beloved summer party dish – chips and salsa – and makes it (literally) even sweeter.

Red, White, and Blue Sweet Salsa + Chips

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS
1 jar CHI-CHI’S® Brand Pineapple Salsa
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 cup white sweet corn
1 bag CHI-CHI’S® Brand White Corn Tortilla Chips (Rounds)
1-2 limes
2 T cinnamon
2 T sugar

In a medium bowl, combine the salsa, blueberries, sliced strawberries, and white corn and stir until well mixed. Set aside. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl or cup. Pour chips into a large serving bowl. Squeeze lime juice on chips, mix, and repeat until evenly coated. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture until evenly coated. Serve! (Optional: set aside a small amount of strawberries, blueberries, and corn to sprinkle on the top of the salsa dip for an extra pop of color right before you serve.)

This interesting take on chips and salsa is the perfect flavor combination of sweet and salty (with a little spice), and can be served as a savory snack or even a unique dessert. And of course, the red of the CHI-CHI’S® Brand Pineapple Salsa and strawberries, blue of the berries, and white of the white corn and CHI-CHI’S® Brand White Corn Tortilla Chips incorporate the spirit of the Fourth of July, which makes the dish the ultimate summer party treat. Best of all, thanks to the CHI-CHI’S® Brand salsa, prep time is cut in half. You can whip this together in a matter of minutes, and it’s just as delicious as any made-from-scratch salsa dish.

As you might remember from some of my past recipes (Salsa Verde, Avocado and Spinach Quesadillas and Bean and Yogurt Salsa Dips), I’m a huge fan of CHI-CHI’S® Thick & Chunky Salsas. I love that they’re made from quality ingredients like real tomatoes, vegetables, and yummy seasonings, but I’m also big on the fact that their products are so convenient – and make putting together festive dishes for parties or meal time incredibly easy. For anyone who is busy and doesn’t want to spend excessive time (or money!) on planning, CHI-CHI’S® Brand salsas, tortillas, and chips are the perfect go-to for delicious food that’s sure to liven up any occasion. Just head over to your local Walmart or Publix and grab some up for your upcoming summer celebrations. I’m stoked to be able to bring this sweet and spirited dish to our Fourth of July party next week!

Do you have any special themed dishes you serve on Fourth of July?

This post is in partnership with CHI-CHI’S® Brand. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.

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Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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Anon. To be fair, BR has never been the group that…

Anon. To be fair, BR has never been the group that stays neutral on controversial topics. Our very open discussions about prong collar use, spay/aborts for pregnant dogs, our yearly march in the SF gay pride parade, etc.- It's fairly common for people to withdraw support when their buttons are pushed.

Personally? When I read that a five year old boy was handcuffed at the Dulles Airport on Jan 31, it was all I needed to push this topic out to our circles. Some might explain that child’s treatment away, but it was a line in the sand moment for me. How can we ever take ourselves seriously again as humane workers or ‘rescuers’ if we accept news of a five year old handcuffed by US authorities?

I regret that you feel this topic has marginalized us, because it's certain that we have much more in common with each other than most. And I especially regret that you feel you have to stay Anonymous during such an important discussions.
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